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Thematic Area Focus 1 - Education, Life Builders Initiative for Education and Societal Integration

FOCUS 1: EDUCATION

The "School Without Walls" Project

Vision

Provide access to formal education to the underserved; poor, less privileged and internally displaced persons in our community to ensure meaningful living

Mission

Enable the integration of the poor, less privileged and internally displaced persons into the society via the means of transferable skills, knowledge and capacities that are developed through education

The Journey So Far

  • School Without Walls currently provides education to over 600 children With the support of our partners, we also provide quality meal daily to all the pupils .
  • We are currently in two out of the five IDP camps in the FCT
  • The School without Walls in Area 1 and the School without Walls in New Kuchingoro now have a School Clinic.

How it all started

It started through the determination of a family to respond to three families inability to pay their children school fees. On a faithful Saturday in November 2013, Mr. Sanwo Olatunji David and his wife Dr. (Mrs) Folake Olatunji-David went to the community of Kuchingoro in Abuja for evangelism and came across internally displaced persons. Moved by what he saw, he assured them he would check back on them to see how he could be of assistance.

Upon return the next week he observed that the children within that community were roaming the streets at about 9.00am on a Tuesday morning, and through further enquiry he discovered that the parents couldn't afford to send their children to school, there was no government school within a 5 km radius and there was the hazard of sending little children who were complete strangers in the city to schools more than 5km away and probably most significantly, the conditions for admission was impossible for the parents to meet.

In a modest attempt to respond, Mr Olatunji David and family committed themselves to personally tutoring the children under the tree. Soon it became obvious that the children were unable to concentrate because of hunger and so the family added a meal a day to what they offered the children. Soon words of this modest efforts went round and more children began to turn up.

What has been Achieved Thus Far

In New Kuchingoro, the School Without Walls now provides for over 300 children and in Camp David (Area 1) it provides for over 200 children in an environment that is being carefully tailored to ensure their academic and moral growth.

Our Goal

  1. Expansion of School Without Walls to 4 additional IDP Camps in Abuja and 4 Settlements in Nassarawa State
  2. Payment of School and other Fees to keep IDPs in partner schools
  3. Start up of School Without Walls Secondary Schools/Vocational Centers

At A Glance: Fundable Education Projects

  • School Without Walls (SWW) Project
    1. Donation of School Materials- bags, uniforms, biro, exercise books, shoes, etc.
    2. Donation of Classroom furniture
    3. Teachers Volunteer Scheme (TVS)
    4. Teachers Support Scheme (TSS)
    5. SWW Vocational Secondary School
  • Adopt-A-Pupil Project
    1. Payment of school fees and other welfare fees to keep IDPs pupils in SWW
    2. Extend tuition to JS1-3 students
    3. Scholarships to sponsor them to standard and government schools

Opportunities for Partnership

  • Expansion of School Without Walls to 4 additional IDP Camps and 4 Settlements in Nassarawa State
  • It costs approximately N5,000 to keep each child in school per term. This includes feeding, clothing, instructional materials, arts and crafts. An individual or family may choose to adopt one or more pupil and make monthly or yearly commitment to supporting their education.
    We are also open to discuss possibilities that exist in development of infrastructures, donation of books and so on. An individual or family can commit to building a classroom block, etc.
  • Payment of School and Other Fees to keep IDPs in partner schools
  • We have successfully entered into a unique partnership with a school in Nassarawa where we are paying the school fees for 300 students (N3, 000 per term), excluding feeding, clothing, instructional materials, arts and crafts. We plan to expand such partnerships; an individual or family can commit to paying such fees for one or more children.
  • Start-up of School Without Walls Secondary Schools
  • To allay the fears and concerns of the parents of these children, we have decided to add a secondary school that will have full boarding facilities. We estimate that it will cost us N25,000 per term to keep each child in the secondary school. An individual or a family may choose to sponsor a child and also contribute to infrastructural development.
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